Tag: Books

“Unlimited Memory”, Kevin Horsley

Earlier this week, I finished reading a book called “Unlimited Memory”. As the title might suggest, the book is about memory, and more specifically, about how to train your brain to remember more. To be honest, I bought the book on a whim and picked it up, sceptical that I would learn anything of great […]

About love

The past months have been quite intense for me. In a good way. I’ve learned a lot, met plenty of people and have been genuinely happy. But, the intensity of my daily life has meant that I haven’t had as much time for myself, to reflect. Moments spent alone are essential to me and I […]

On flow and Ayurveda

On Flow and Climbing

A few days ago, I came back to Stockholm after having spent a week with my family in Brussels. To tell the truth, I was sad to leave and felt the characteristic ‘sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach’ as the plane took off. Yes, I know that I’ll see my family again soon and […]

Why I’m becoming vegan

Whether or not I should eat animal products has been on my mind for a long time. At 15, I tried vegetarianism but, not for long. My doctor advised me to stop as she claimed that my deficiencies were due to the fact that I wasn’t eating fish and meat. I left it at that. […]

Man's search for meaning

“Man’s search for meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl

The past week, I’ve found time to read two books: “Man’s search for meaning” and “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience”. Both of them had themes centered around life, its meaning and happiness. Of course, they were completely different from one another, but, I found that they complemented each other fairly well. In fact, I learned about […]

"Astrophysics for People in a Hurry" by Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Last week, I read “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry”. I enjoyed the read but, overall, thought that there was too much information and too little explanation. The book is short but, advertised “for People in a Hurry”, I didn’t think it was accessible for a person with no scientific background. I would have enjoyed the […]

How democracies die

“How Democracies Die” by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

I used to believe that the process in which a democracy turns into an autocracy was sudden, requiring the help of a military coup. Conversely, as learned in the book, democracies often die gradually. Demagogues come to power democratically and then slowly undermine the rules of democracy. But, is there a recognisable process or pattern […]

How science got women wrong

“Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong” by Angela Saini

“Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong” was second on my reading list. It sheds light on gender bias in anthropology, biology and psychology. I was drawn to the book as it combines science and gender – two topics that I love. The author, Angela Saini, delivers an abundance of interesting findings and defies scientific gender myths […]

“The Other Side of Paradise” by Staceyann Chin

A few days ago, I finished reading “The Other Side of Paradise” by Staceyann Chin – the poet and political activist that I previously introduced in this post. The book is a memoir of Staceyann’s early life. She grew up in 1970’s Jamaica, abandoned by her parents and then later abused by multiple people. On top […]

Decartes’ life

Men of Mathematics In this short video, Freeman Dyson recommends a book called “Men of Mathematics”. The book provides an insight into the lives and contributions of the greatest mathematicians, from Zeno to Poincaré. Both Freeman Dyson and John Nash, two incredible mathematicians, have spoken about this book. Apparently, reading it encouraged them to pursue Mathematics as […]